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Grateful Dead Live at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall on 1973-12-18


Topics Audience


Set 1

Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, Don't Ease Me In, Looks Like Rain, They Love Each Other, Me And Bobby McGee, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line-> Peggy-O, El Paso, Deal, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider

Set 2

Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Dark Star-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Eyes Of The World-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Uncle John's Band


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Curtis Hixon Convention Hall
Location Tampa, FL

Source Audience Cassette->Nakamichi Dragon->Sony PCMR300 Dat (16/44.1)->Sound Forge eq and normalization

Notes

This was recorded by a friend of mine. He had Garcia's/the band's permission, and was able
to record very close to the stage. It doesn't appear to circulate very much, although
know some dat copies were made in the mid-1990s. This is from a transfer he did in 1998,
burned to CD.

No Microphone information.
He used a Sony TC-126 deck with CRO2 tape, no dolby.

Lineage for this version :

Cassette-> Nakamichi Dragon-> Sony PCMR300 Dat (16/44.1)-> sound Forge equalization & normalization.

I extracted it from CD and haven't done anything else with it. I thought I heard a few
digital artifacts suggesting noise reduction, but his notes don't indicate that.

He missed taping "Me & Bobby McGee"

I have tracked thw songs sequentually rather than by disk. If you want to burn to CD, tracks 1-14
make CD1 tracks 15-19 make cd2, with room for track 25, and tracks 20-24 fit as cd3.
Otherwise, you will neeed 4 cds to keep them in order.


Adam, if you're out there, email me at droncit@yahoo.com.
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Reviews

Reviewer: fibber - - February 18, 2014
Subject: finally
In agreement with Buddy Iodine on every point. I've been waiting for this particular recording for a long time. Had a cassette of the epic 2nd set forever and just plain wore it out. Sure, there are some occasionally serious balance problems, but once past that this is a stellar one of a kind recording with awesome fat swampy bass and a fabulous drum sound (check out Kreutzmann drilling Row Jimmy or Wharf Rat for example). There's not much piano, but somehow it doesn't matter as everyone else is on fire, and at points the band sounds absolutely furious. Plus a spot-on gorgeous vocal sound and mix. Weir is incredible and yes very loud but it sounds great and he is completely unhinged on the insane Let it Grow, my single favorite performance of his ever. Excellent throughout but the 2nd set is a must have.
Reviewer: DMTrue13 - - August 2, 2013
Subject: 5 man band
if im not mistaken this has no Donna and no Mickey Hart, I like that, I like that a lot.unfortunatly I cant hear the bass or piano very well. this seems to improve but at the begining even the drums could be louder, although a second drummer is not needed to acomplish this.Bob Weir is even louder than Jerry at times, but to his credit his playing really good and quite trippy. cool dark star.
Reviewer: njpg - - August 2, 2013
Subject: -
This is a great show, and a nice, warm yet very clear recording. Weir is very prominent in the mix, which is a treat, as he is playing hot.
Reviewer: Buddy Q. Iodine - - February 8, 2013
Subject: ace! and the aud is great too
This second set audience has long been one of my favorites; I remember skiing with a cassette of this in my walkman, to give you an idea.

Dark Star and Eyes testify to the genius of Bob Weir. He's usually not turned up enough, but in the Aud of this show (posted here), he is. YOU try making up your part between Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh. Angular, intuitive, whimsical, and totally f**ing bent: that's the guy with the big hands and weird voicings. His tendency towards cheese didn't manifest itself heavily until the late 80s. This is as good as he ever got.

The AUD is well-recorded, spacious, clean, and miles ahead of Charlie Miller's soundboard. I didn't find that the matrix was any better than this. Here we have one of the best audience recordings of the era, the band is on, and you can download it.

Highly recommended!
Reviewer: bstrohl - - October 31, 2012
Subject: Headphone heaven
This recording gives new eyes to one of the best second sets ever.
Reviewer: SomeDarkHollow - - October 27, 2012
Subject: F'n A! Them's the Goods
Like the note says, this sounds like it was recorded right up front. Minimal crowd noise. No hiss (obviously low-gen). Amazing instrument separation and clarity. Good stuff here. Fantastic audience recording for ANY year. If this doesn't cry out for a matrix by those so inclined, I dont know what does. Oh, yeah, show smokes like no other.
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